Vadodara, May 6: Barring some stray incidents of violence, the situation in the curfew-bound walled city areas of Vadodara remained peaceful during the last 24 hours.
Considering the improved law and order situation, the authorities which withdrew Army from Raopura and Karelibaug areas last evening, today relaxed curfew for four hours from 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs in Panigate, Raopura and Karelibaug.
Curfew would however, be relaxed in three other police station areas of Wadi, City and Navapura from 1330 hrs to 1730 hrs. Unlike the previous relaxations given only for women and chidren during the last two days, today men were also allowed to move out of their houses.
Last night, violence broke out between two communities near the Ajawadi Mills under the curfew-bound Panigate police station forcing police to lathicharge and lob three teargas shells to disperse the stone-pelting mobs. A strong contingent of Army and RAF were rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.
No one was reportedly injured in the incident.
Panigate police had resigtered a case of rioting, said to be the first one to be lodged during the last 50 hours of Army deployment in the sensitive areas of Vadodara which witnessed wide-spread violence and rioting following demolition of a century-old road side Dargah near the Champaner Gate on May one.
As violence spread across the walled city taking a toll of six in police firing and stabbing, curfew was clamped in six police station areas the same day.
In another incident of violence, miscreants set ablaze two shops in the Srihari township on the most sensitive Ajwa road, a couple of hours after curfew was relaxed in the area this morning.
Police and fire brigade personnel had been sent to the spot.